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Obama pushes agencies to streamline export-import process

President Barack Obama is pushing the dozens of agencies that have a hand in the export-import process to speed up processing times and eliminate redundant paperwork requests that hamper companies seeking to export American-made products. Currently, businesses interested in importing or exporting goods must submit reams of paperwork to as many as 48 different federal agencies.

Tags: industry , best practices , CBP , Barack Obama , International Trade Data System ,

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 04:25pm EST

House committee chairman wants VA middle managers held accountable

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is the author of new legislation that would make it easier for the Veterans Affairs Department to fire its senior executives. Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, says the agency is too shy about cutting loose middle managers who are performing poorly.

Tags: VA , SES , management , workforce , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Carol Bonosaro , SEA , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Monday - 02/17/2014, 03:44pm EST
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Federal managers: Forget everything you think you know about hiring

A recent report from the Merit Systems Protection Board reveals that cursory assessments of training and experience are often unreliable indicators of how employees will actually fare on the job. MPSB's John Ford tells the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what hiring managers can do to up their hiring game. Plus, Sam Davis, vice president of AMA Enterprise Government Solutions, discusses how hiring flexibilities will boost agencies' efforts to hire the long-term unemployed.

Tags: MSPB , John Ford , hiring , workforce , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , AMA Enterprise Government Solutions , Sam Davis , best practices , management

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 04:19pm EST
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Congress eyeing legislative fix for security clearances

President Barack Obama signed the OPM IG Act into law this week. The law provides the agency's top watchdog with an additional source of funding to conduct audits and investigations of the security-clearance process.

Tags: OPM , oversight , background investigations , security clearances , Stephen Lynch , Darrell Issa , Jon Tester , Patrick McFarland , Congress , House , Senate ,

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 04:14pm EST

White House budget proposal coming March 4

The Office of Management and Budget this week announced President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget would be released March 4 about a month later than the traditional deadline. Still, this year's delay is much smaller than last year, when the budget release came two months late because of the congressional deliberations over annual spending and the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration.

Tags: budget , OMB , 2015 budget ,

Friday - 01/24/2014, 01:00pm EST

NTEU ad campaign spotlights work of federal employees

The National Treasury Employees Union has distributed copies of a new public-service announcement featuring NTEU members to 300 TV stations and 1,000 radio stations nationwide. The theme of NTEU's campaign is "They Work for US." In addition to the radio and TV ads, the effort includes a website, Facebook page and a social media push. In a conference call with reporters Wednesday announcing the campaign, NTEU President Colleen Kelley said the aim of the campaign is to change the conversation about federal employees.

Tags: workforce , NTEU , Colleen Kelley ,

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 05:26pm EST

House bill would make it easier to fire senior execs at VA

The VA Management Accountability Act would give VA Secretary Eric Shinseki broad authority to remove Senior Executives Service (SES) members "if the secretary determines the performance of the individual warrants such removal," according to the bill. In addition to outright removal, the bill would allow the VA secretary to bump SES members down to the General Schedule at any grade level the secretary deems appropriate according to the bill.

Tags: VA , Jeff Miller , SES , management , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Eric Shinseki , Carol Bonosaro , workforce , SEA ,

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 01:22pm EST

Background check probe zeroes in on USIS contracts

Among the issues considered Tuesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were contracting practices at the Office of Personnel Management that allowed the largest background-investigation contactor -- accused by the Justice Department of taking improper shortcuts and defrauding the government -- to conduct quality reviews of its own work.

Tags: OPM , oversight , background checks , USIS , Sterling Phillips , Katherine Archuleta , Elijah Cummings , Darrell Issa ,

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 04:24pm EST

AFGE leader vows fight over pay, retirement benefits

After playing defense for much of last year the largest federal-employee union is ready to play offense. American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox gave a fiery speech at the union's annual legislative and grassroots mobilization conference in Washington. Also addressing the AFGE crowd were lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , AFGE , J. David Cox , Chris Van Hollen , Tom Carper , Tom Cole ,

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 09:36am EST

AFGE sees ranks swell after turbulent year

After a turbulent 2013 that saw sequestration budget cuts and a two-week government shutdown, the largest federal-employee union is hoping to flex more political muscle this year. The American Federation of Government Employees says union membership is at its highest level in decades.

Tags: AFGE , J. David Cox , workforce , pay and benefits

Friday - 02/07/2014, 03:36pm EST
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